What is Soju Bomb?
Traditionally, soju (clear alcohol distilled from rice and other grains) is enjoyed on its own, taken as a quick shot or sipped from a small glass. More and more soju drinkers are shaking off tradition and using this Korean liquor as a casual ingredient in mixed drinks. For example, Soju + Hite Beer or Coke + Soju + Hite Beer. This is called Soju Bomb or poktanju, (which means “bomb drink”), which is a pint of beer with a shot glass full of soju dropped into it. Like the idea of more liquor than beer? The opposite combination is called a suo poktanju, or “hydrogen bomb drink.” Seems like an appropriate name, doesn’t it? Come and try the Soju bomb at Seoul Garden. Cheers!
Sam Kyop Sal
Kimchi is a fermented vegetable dish which is a staple of Korea. There are several hundred varieties of kimchi differentiated by region and ingredients. Today, I want to introduce you to one of the traditional kimchi making that takes place at Seoul Garden. My mom has been the executive chief for 30 years at Seoul Garden and Sam Bo Jung (original owner) and today, I helped her prepare and make her own kimchi which she has been doing for many years. She is particular at keeping everything authentic and traditional as possible which requires a lot more work and love on her part.
Mandu is a Korean dumpling that is generally prepared steamed, fried, or boiled. The ingredients can vary, but you can expect to find veggies, tofu, and beef or pork mixed together and sealed in a dumpling wrap.
Here are a few pictures to show the ingredients, process, and the end result.